Jimmy Carter says Rus­sians helped Trump

Lodi News-Sentinel - - STATE/NATION -

AT­LANTA — Former Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter said Fri­day he be­lieves Don­ald Trump would have lost the 2016 elec­tion with­out Rus­sian help.

“There’s no doubt that the Rus­sians did in­ter­fere in the elec­tion and I think the in­ter­fer­ence, al­though not yet quan­ti­fied, if fully in­ves­ti­gated, would show that Trump didn’t ac­tu­ally win the elec­tion in 2016,” said Carter. “He lost the elec­tion and he was put in of­fice be­cause the Rus­sians in­ter­fered on his be­half.”

Carter was speak­ing in Lees­burg, Va., at a panel dis­cus­sion on hu­man rights hosted by the Carter Cen­ter.

Carter was then asked by mod­er­a­tor Jon Meacham, a his­to­rian, if Trump was an il­le­git­i­mate pres­i­dent.

“Based on what I said, which I can’t re­tract,” re­sponded Carter, smil­ing.

Carter said Trump “him­self should con­demn it, ad­mit that it hap­pened, which I think 16 of the in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have al­ready agreed to say.”

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